Instant Pot Storage Cart

Instant Pot Storage Cart

I have had my Instant Pot for a few years now. I use it at least twice a week and I am not one for leaving a lot of appliances on my counter. Now my kitchen is on the small side so I was keeping my Instant Pot in the guest bedroom closet. What a pain. In fact, this summer I knocked something off the shelf in the closet and it fell square on my big toe. It wasn’t broken but it turned black and blue.

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Ikea Domsjo Farmhouse Sink 1 Year Review

Ikea Domsjo Farmhouse Sink 1 Year Review

Thoughts on my IKEA Domsjo farmhouse apron sink one year later.

It has been over a year since we installed the Ikea Domsjo farmhouse sink. I can't even believe it. I thought I would come on here and give you guys my opinion of the sink after using it for over a year. 

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DIY Kitchen Renovation

DIY Kitchen Renovation

It's time to reveal the full DIY kitchen renovation, finally! This has been a year in the making from painted cabinets, IKEA butcherblock countertops, a new stove, microwave, larger dishwasher, apron front sink, new Moen faucet, garbage disposal, adding crown molding and peel and stick glass tile backsplash. All of this was done on a budget and projects that I could do myself or reach out to friends and family for help. No contractors! It's about accessing your space, budget and your abilities. Renovations don't have to be intimidating when you plan your projects around what you can do or learn to do. Being a single homeowner doesn't mean I have to have a dated kitchen! 

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Choosing the right oven and microwave

Choosing the right oven and microwave

The perfect kitchen is designed as a place to gather and enjoy delicious food. It is hard to do that without an oven. Right before I was starting the kitchen renovation my oven decided to stop heating to the correct temperatures. I mean it was all over the map either too hot or stone cold. I was lucky enough to work with GE Appliances on finding the right stove and microwave for me. 

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What Can Be Put Down the Garbage Disposal?

What Can Be Put Down the Garbage Disposal?

Garbage disposals aren't glamorous to talk about but let's face it I never want to have a kitchen without one. While I was renovating my kitchen Moen was kind enough to send me a garbage disposal for my new farmhouse sink.  I was super excited about this because my current garbage disposal wasn't in the best shape. It was a combination of the old owners and user error on my behalf. Mainly coffee grounds. I had no idea that coffee grounds were bad for garbage disposals. Coffee grounds can build up in the drain pipes and eventually clog your pipes. 

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15 Farmhouse Kitchen Decor Items on Amazon

15 Farmhouse Kitchen Decor Items on Amazon

My kitchen renovation is just about done I just need to finish decorating it. I thought I would share with you today 15 of my favorite farmhouse kitchen decor items on Amazon. If you're like me you are either yardsale hopping or at the flea looking for farmhouse decor every weekend. Well ever since the Fixer Upper phenomenon it can be few and far between in finding vintage farmhouse decor. So for my kitchen, while I am still on the hunt for vintage items, I turned to online to find some decor that fits my style. 

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Installing Peel and Stick Glass Tiles

Installing Peel and Stick Glass Tiles

Yes you read that right! Today I am going to show you how we installed peel and stick glass tiles. When I was in Georgia last summer I saw a demo from Aspect Tile and I could not believe that they had peel and stick glass tiles. I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do in my kitchen renovation.

Let me just remind you of how my kitchen looked before we started renovations. You can check out all the progress so far here

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Adding crown molding to your kitchen cabinets.

Adding crown molding to your kitchen cabinets.

We are in the home stretch of the renovation! Now I didn’t love how the cabinets didn’t go to the ceiling and I just couldn’t get over it. I know there was something that could be done but I also knew that I didn’t know how to do it myself and neither did my dad. So I headed over to the hardware store. Now I just happen to have one worker there that is my go to. He’s in school to be craftsman (not sure if that’s the right term) but he always seems to know the answers instead of looking at me like I have 3 heads.

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How to paint oak kitchen cabinets

How to paint oak kitchen cabinets

The time has come! It's time to paint some cabinets. Today I am going to walk your through step by step how I painted my oak cabinets with DecoArt Satin Enamel paint. Now if you haven't been following along on my kitchen renovation make sure to to check out all the projects here. Including cleaning cabinets with TSP, removing backsplash, finishing the butcher block countertops, installing butcher block and installing a farmhouse sink

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Installing an Ikea farmhouse sink

Installing an Ikea farmhouse sink

Everything but the kitchen sink.... or so it seemed. I am elbows deep in my kitchen renovation and all I've ever wanted is a farmhouse sink but I was truly finding it to be problematic. See most farmhouse sinks require a custom cabinet that was made for the an apron front sink. No matter the research I was doing or trying to figure out my cabinet situation I was just having no luck. Not to mention farmhouse sinks can run you upwards of $1,200. So to keep this kitchen on budget and to keep my plans of painting the oak cabinets I turned to trusty old Ikea. 

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How to build a farmhouse wood sign

How to build a farmhouse wood sign

Today I am showing you guys how to build a farmhouse wood sign. With the farmhouse style blowing up over the last year I am seeing these signs everywhere from hobby lobby to etsy. They can be pricey but yet they are fairly simple to make. I am going to show you guys how to make them today and you can learn how to stencil them here. 

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How to Install Ikea Butcher Block Countertops

How to Install Ikea Butcher Block Countertops

Today let's talk how to install Ikea butcher block countertops. We are back at it here with the kitchen renovation and finally my ugly black formica countertops are sitting in a dump somewhere and no longer haunting me! So before we get started let's make sure you read up on how I finished these countertops with spar varnish to protect it from water, warping and stains. 

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How to Finish Ikea Butcher Block Countertops

How to Finish Ikea Butcher Block Countertops

The kitchen renovation is in full swing here and today I am going to walk you guys through how to finish Ikea butcher block counter tops. Now what do I mean finish don't you just go to Ikea then install those counters? Well you could but chances are this time next year your counter tops would be full of stains and could have some water damage. To avoid this the best thing to do is to seal the counters with a spar varnish. In this case I used Helmsman to seal my Hammarp counters. 

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How to remove tile backsplash

How to remove tile backsplash

We are in week 3 of the One Room Challenge and of my kitchen renovation! This week I am showing you guys how to remove tile backsplash. Now I knew originally when I did the kitchen I was going to paint the cabinets, install a farmhouse sink and new counters. I was scared to touch the backsplash even though I could not stand the color and design of it.

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How to clean your kitchen cabinets with TSP

How to clean your kitchen cabinets with TSP

I am over here in full on kitchen renovation mode. I am starting to prep my kitchen cabinets to paint them.  Funny thing with cabinets if you want the paint to last you need to prep them. Prep work is very important I cannot stress this enough. We are in week two of the One Room Challenge. Last week I shared my plans for the kitchen renovation and this week it is underway! Let me tell you guys I am really feeling the pressure to get this kitchen done in the next 5 weeks. The pressure is on! So let's get started. 

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Kitchen Renovation Plans

Kitchen Renovation Plans

I am excited to finally be sharing with you my plans for the kitchen renovation I am about to take on at the house. If you follow along on social you will have seen that I have already started to renovate my kitchen. I recently bought a house in the past 10 months and have slowly been working room by room to put my stamp on it. I am just about finished with the bathroom renovations which I hope to share soon. I just hate painting moulding but who doesn't?

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